Get to know your GSC Execs! Throughout the year, The Graduate Forum will be highlighting each Executive Board member of the Graduate Student Council (GSC). Check back for more highlights as the weeks go by.
GSC Exec Board Academic Chair, Jeremy Fitzpatrick.
Prior to being elected Social Co-Chair last May, Jeremy Fitzpatrick—a 4th year PhD candidate in the Chemistry Department—served as a Departmental Representative for two years. In his current role, Jeremy organizes social events with Ana Draghici, the other Activities Co-Chair. During his eight months as Social Co-Chair of the GSC, Jeremy helped plan the larger social events sponsored by the council—including BEMA and Halloween Party—as well as the smaller mixers held at the DOC house.
“I really enjoy throwing the smaller events at the DOC house. When it’s sunny, people go outside and mingle on the lawn. It’s very relaxing,” says Jeremy. “The larger events that we host are great, too. I think it’s fun to try and get as many people as I can out of the lab and library, and provide a safe setting for them to unwind.”
This year, the GSC’s two social chairs worked with Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) to cohost three mixers. At each of these events, student volunteers from each school’s student government worked with Dartmouth’s Department of Safety and Security to run the door, and to safety manage the event until the end of the night.
“I’m really thankful for all the help that our sober monitors provide,” says Jeremy. “Without them, it would be really hard for us to host safe events that can be enjoyed by all of Dartmouth’s graduate students.”
Raised in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Jeremy majored in chemistry at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, and is now a member of Dale Mierke’s lab. Currently, Jeremy working on designing inhibitors for the interaction of the c-terminus of Parathyroid Hormone Receptor 1 with the Sodium Hydrogen Exchange Regulatory Factor 1.